Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Dennis Martin, PhD

Title/s: Associate Professor
Assistant Chair

Office #: Crown Center 435

Phone: 773.508.2371

E-mail: dmarti1@luc.edu

CV Link: Martin CV


Dennis D. Martin is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University. He earned a BA degree in history at Wheaton College (Ill.) in 1974 and MA and PhD degrees in history at the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1975 and 1982. A Fulbright scholar at the University of Tübingen (1976–77), he taught at the Associated Mennonite Seminaries in Elkhart, Ind., before coming to Loyola in 1991. His main research focus is medieval monastic history and spirituality, with secondary interests in the Reformation (particularly the Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions) and in contemporary Catholicism (John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and hagiography and popular religion).

Dr. Martin has published Fifteenth-Century Carthusian Reform (Brill, 1992) and Carthusian Spirituality (Paulist, 1997), co-edited two denominational encyclopedias, and translated several volumes by Hans Urs von Balthasar. His essays have appeared in Theological Studies, Catholic Historical Review, The Journal of the Historical Society, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Church History, Mennonite Quarterly Review and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book on late medieval Carthusian monastic writers who covered everything from the spirituality and practice of, e.g., agriculture, law, and grain merchandising to mystical theology and the development of the Rosary. His long-term research involves the social and intellectual history of cleverness and naivete.

Program Areas

Historical Theology

Research Interests

Medieval monastic history and spirituality in their social contexts, especially the Carthusian order; Social history of naivete and critical hermeneutics; Reformation era history and theology

Selected Publications